All counties in Mass. at high or significant risk of transmission of COVID-19

All 14 counties in Massachusetts now have either a “high” or “significant” level of risk for community transmission of COVID-19, according to the latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The latest CDC map shows that eight counties in the Bay State are in the high category (red), while the remaining six are in the substantial category (orange). Nantucket, Hampden, and Suffolk counties in the high-risk category. Hampshire County was at a “moderate” risk of community transmission, but is now at significant risk. Barnstable, Franklin, Middlesex, Norfolk and Worcester counties are still at significant risk. According to the CDC, there are now only two counties in all of New England — Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont — that are among the high and substantial risk levels of community transmission of COVID-19. Kennebec County, Maine and Orange County, Vermont, are currently at moderate risk of community transmission. The latest CDC guideline recommends that everyone in a place with a “significant” or “high” transmission rate of the coronavirus wear a face covering in indoor, public places, regardless of vaccination status. The national agency also recommends indoor masks for all teachers, staff, students and visitors to schools across the country, regardless of vaccination status. Meanwhile, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has issued its own updated mask guidelines, advising vaccinated people who have weakened immune systems, who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 due to their age or health conditions, or who live with someone who has not been vaccinated or has a disability. at increased risk, to wear a face covering when indoors and not living alone.Massachusetts COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deathsMassachusetts vaccination progress

All 14 counties in Massachusetts are now at either a “high” or “significant” risk level from community COVID-19 transmission, according to the latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The latest CDC map shows that eight counties in the Bay State are in the high category (red), while the remaining six are in the substantial category (orange).

Essex and Plymouth counties went from significant to high risk of community transmission of COVID-19, joining counties Berkshire, Bristol, Dukes, Nantucket, Hampden and Suffolk in the high-risk category.

Hampshire County was at a “moderate” risk of community transmission, but is now at significant risk. Barnstable, Franklin, Middlesex, Norfolk and Worcester counties are still at significant risk.

According to the CDC, there are now only two counties in all of New England — Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont — that are among the high and substantial risk levels of community transmission of COVID-19. Kennebec County, Maine and Orange County, Vermont, are currently at moderate risk of community transmission.

A map showing the risk level of COVID-19 community transmission in each of Massachusetts's 14 counties as of Aug. 14, 2021, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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A map showing the risk level of COVID-19 community transmission in each of Massachusetts’s 14 counties as of Aug. 14, 2021, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The latest CDC guideline recommends that everyone in a place with a “significant” or “high” transmission rate of the coronavirus wear a face covering in indoor public places, regardless of vaccination status.

The national agency also recommends indoor masks for all teachers, staff, students and visitors to schools across the country, regardless of vaccination status.

Meanwhile, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has released its own updated mask guidelines and advised vaccinated people with weakened immune systems, who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 due to age or health conditions, or who live with someone who is not vaccinated or at increased risk, to wear a face covering when indoors and not in their own home.

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